Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of Collins Career Technical Center and the Lawrence County Board of Education policy, the Sonography Program is committed to providing its students with a well-rounded education in the areas of Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Learning Concentrations of Diagnostic Medical Sonography principles. Included as well are the opportunities for the student to develop advanced medical imaging skills to prepare the graduate for employment in the field of Medical Sonography. The faculty members of the Sonography Program are committed to assisting the student toward the greatest academic, personal, and professional potential through quality courses and instruction.

Program Objectives

The Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will provide education to students desiring a position as a cardiac sonographer in a hospital, clinic or physician's office. The program is designed to provide training in Adult echocardiography and vascular. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom, laboratory instruction, as well as clinical practice in area hospitals, offices, and clinics.

Program Goals:

To prepare competent entry-level cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is Six (6) semesters or twenty-two (22) months in length, as students are exempt from class the month of July. With the completion of the program, students will be eligible for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and/or Cardiovascular Credentialing, in the areas of physics, Adult Echocardiography, and vascular imaging.

Length of Course:

The Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a two-year program that is January - December of each year. Students do not attend during the month of July. If the student does not have all of the pre-requisite classes, they will take them in the Fall prior to the start of their first year. Classes meet Monday through Thursdays at the Main Campus from 8 am until 4 pm.

Job Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in area hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers. Advancement depends on individual personal goals. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will be eligible to test with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and/or Cardiocascular Credentialing International in the areas of: Physics and Instrumentation, Adult Echocardiography, and Vascular Technology.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

Clinical Sites

  • Kings Daughters Medical Center - Ashland, Ky
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center - Portsmouth, OH
  • Adena Regional Medical Center - All locations
  • VA Medical Center - Chillicothe, OH
  • Holzer Medical Center - Gallipolis, OH
  • Highlands ARH Medical Center - Prestonsburg, KY

Clinical Obligations

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs at Collins Career Technical Center encompasses four (4) full semesters and two (2) Spring Intercessions at the sponsoring institution’s Chesapeake campus. The clinical education component of the program is completed beginning in the first semester after an 8 week didactic session. The schedule rotates every 8 weeks between class/clinical time.

Students are expected to attend all clinical assignments and should arrive on time to the clinical site and be prepared to start their clinical training on time. Students are expected to attend during regularly scheduled classes or clinical time. Students will follow the sponsoring institution’s academic calendar regarding vacations. The sponsoring institution normally schedules breaks for the following: a spring break the week of Easter, a summer break the month of July, a fall break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and a two week winter break for the Christmas/New Year Holidays. However, the breaks are subject to change. The student is not required to attend clinicals during scheduled breaks. The sponsoring institution observes the following holidays during the semesters: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years (subject to change).

Students will be expected to follow the guidelines of the clinical rotation policy. Students will not be asked to travel more than a 3 hour radius from the sponsoring institution. Rotation plans are based on experiences provided by the clinical affiliate and the examination needs of the student. Rotation assignments/clinical schedules are completed for the upcoming semester of clinical experience 2-3 weeks before clinical rotations begin. Changes to the rotation plan are up to the discretion of the clinical coordinator and program director. Students may be required to have an annual background check, drug screening, and demonstrate documentation of current vaccinations required for clinical rotations as stated in the sponsoring institution’s admission policy.

Program Cost Breakdown

** Costs are subject to change

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission into the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The application must be completed (in full) and submitted by October 1st.

Advanced Placement Guidelines

  • Students requesting admission to the school via transfer from another approved school of Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography shall meet the school's current admission requirements and curriculum requirements for currently enrolled students.
  • Students must submit an official transcript from an approved school listing completed courses.
  • Students must submit copies of course outlines for which they are requesting credit. Faculty will review transcripts and outlines to determine admission.
  • Challenge examinations and skills assessments will be required to determine applicants' competencies.
  • Tuition and fees will be determined on an individual basis.
  • An applicant may be considered for admission with advanced standing if:

    • The applicant withdrew at the end of the term in a previous class with a passing grade in all courses. (Must have been within the previous year. If over 1 year, the applicant must start at the beginning of the program.)
    • OR The applicant is a direct transfer from another school.

To apply for advanced standing, the applicant must:

  • Meet with faculty to determine admission.
  • Applicants shall be admitted with advanced standing only if there is an opening in the program and a plan can be worked out for assuring that all the program objectives can be met.
  • Students may request transfer of college credits for Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Basic Physics, Biology, College Algebra, and Computer Literacy. In order to accept credit for these courses, the following guidelines must be met:
    • The course must have been completed at an accredited college.
    • The course must have been completed within the last 5 years. (If over 5 years ago, the student may be able to test our at the discretion of the instructor.)
    • The course must have been completed with a grade of "C" or above.

Health Standards

All students are required to complete an individual student health questionnaire. For the CDMS Program, students are required to secure a physical examination prior to program acceptance. Students should be in a sufficient state of health to successfully pursue the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Technical / Clinical Standards

Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonographers function in a broad spectrum of clinical situations. In order to ensure patient safety and provide accurate diagnostic information, sonographers must be able to adapt and perform in a variety of settings. Certain skills and abilities are needed to function as a professional sonographer. The following are non-academic criteria, which all students in the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are expected to meet in order to participate in the clinical courses and professional practice.

Physical Activity:

  • Long periods of standing and frequent walking.
  • Repetitive motion activities (scanning, entering computer date)
  • Grasping (positioning patients for exams)
  • Pulling and pushing on equipment and stretchers.
  • Lifting more than 50 pounds routinely.
  • Speaking in a clear comprehensible manner.
  • Performing fine gross motor skills with both hands.
  • Receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound.
  • Work with printed and/or written documentation.
  • Assess patient conditions, i.e., color, respirations, motion, etc.
  • Visually discriminate shades of gray and various shades of color.
  • Visual assessment of images on computer terminals and video recordings.


  • Communicate effectively with patients and others.
  • Assess non-verbal communications.
  • Effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, and all members of the health care team while keeping within the guidelines of confidentiality.

Intellectual and Quantitative Abilities:

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize.
  • Comprehend three dimensional relationships.


The following list of classes is required for completion of the CDMS program at Collins Career Technical Center. The general education courses that are listed must be completed prior to the start of the CDMS program. These classes can be taken at most any collegeor university and we do normally accept transfer credits. Upon completion, students will be issued a certificate of completion in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Description Course ID Hours
**General Education **prerequisites
  • Applications in Algebra
MAT 145 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 257 3 Credit Hours
  • Written Communications
ENG 111 3 Credit Hours
  • Medical Terminology
AH 151 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Physics
SCI 110 4 Credit Hours
  • Total Hours
16 Hours
Semester One
  • Introduction to Sonography
CDMS 101 32 Hours
  • Clinical I
CDMS 300 64 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography I
CDMS 145 24 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography I Lab
CDMS 145L 120 Hours
  • Principles of EKG
CDMS 110 256 Hours
  • Total Hours
496 Hours
Semester Two
  • Physics & Instrumentation I
CDMS 121 24 Hours
  • Physics I Review
CDMS 121R 16 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography II
CDMS 205 40 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography II Lab
CDMS 205L 120 Hours
  • Total Hours
200 Hours
Semester Three
  • Clinical II
CDMS 305 256 Hours
  • Vascular I
CDMS 200 16 Hours
  • Vascular I Lab
CDMS 200L 64 Hours
  • Physics and Instrumentation II
CDMS 123 24 Hours
  • Physics II Review
CDMS 123R 32 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography III
CDMS 215 24 Hours
  • Cardiac Sonography III Lab
CDMS 215L 56 Hours
  • Total Hours
472 Hours
Semester Four
  • Vascular II
CDMS 210 24 Hours
  • Vascular II Lab
CDMS 210L 64 Hours
  • Physics III
CDMS 125 16 Hours
  • Physics III Review
CDMS 125R 32 Hours
  • Cardiac IV
CDMS 220 24 Hours
  • Cardiac IV Lab
CDMS 220L 56 Hours
  • Clinical III
CDMS 310 256 Hours
  • Total Hours
472 Hours
Semester Five
  • Clinical IV
CDMS 315 256 Hours
  • Registry Review
CDMS 325 32 Hours
  • Total Hours
288 Hours
Semester Six
  • Vascular III
CDMS 215 64 Hours
  • Vascular III Lab
CDMS 215L 120 Hours
  • Registry Review
CDMS 330 32 Hours
  • Clinical V
CDMS 320 256 Hours
  • Total Hours
472 Hours

Program Stats

2021 Graduates

** This information is based on our Annual report which is submitted to our Accrediting body each year.

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A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more Hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.

Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.

The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.

The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.

Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook.

The sonography program at CCTC has 5-10 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.

No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.

Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 Hours one-way).

No. Students must provide their own transportation.

It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCTC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accmplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.

The medical sonography scan lab at CCTC is state-of-the-art. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.

No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.

Approximately 10. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.

Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.